Welcome to the Althistoria Brigade of the Commonwealth of Progressives, Socialists, and Social Democrats. The purpose of the Commonwealth is to serve as a meeting place and discussion thread for anyone who considers themselves on the left, and to discuss social, political and economic issues. Of course, the thread is open to all, leftists, rightists and mushy centrists alike! Just be sure to be polite and act in good faith.
A repost of the rules:
1. Be courteous and polite to everyone
2. Name calling is strictly prohibited
3. Be logical and rational in your arguments. Screaming "T3h G0p are t3h 3VOLZ!" won't win you any.
Entering the work force full time made my economic views swing left in a hurry. It was quite startling to see how much the owner was making, and how much I was not making. I guess I had always figured that I would fall into a nice middle-class job and that just about anyone could if they tried, when I did not that changed my perspective quite a bit. So might not make me look that great that I couldn't see that sort of thing before experiencing it, but there you go.
My social views before that were already left leaning in a lot of cases (I don't really remember the why for that change as at one point I had been a very religious conservative).
So, I volunteered in the last Canadian election for the NDP, ostensibly the closest thing we've got to an electorally viable left party, only to be so disgusted by our leader's campaign once he started to promise "balanced budgets" that I left halfway through. The position of the left is sort of curious in Canada right now—we've had a platform for approaching 100 years, but just when it seems like a real left-wing government could take charge, we get stuck with a guy who publicly praised Thatcher, of all people, botched a 10-point lead in a month and ended up losing us the election by 20 points. So, frustrating. But I'm optimistic that people seem open to a left-wing message, as we've had several provincial NDP governments, and in many ways Trudeau won by adopting many of the policy points of the left that Mulcair shied away from. It's a move in the right direction, at least, which is heartening after years in Harperland.
As for my own background, my father's a "true believer" Democrat in the US, self-described "social liberal, fiscal moderate". I guess I came to the left when I realized that social justice isn't really achievable without economic justice. For example, it's all very well to pass laws banning discrimination, but if the material conditions are still unequal, then historically oppressed communities are still going to have problems. Leaving the US helped a lot too, as I realized that the political spectrum was broader than I had ever thought possible, and one thing led to another and before long I was reading Capital and waving red flags!
futurist: Good luck to you, MN!
Jan 17, 2019 5:10:51 GMT
MinnesotaNationalist: well, that was the most underwhelming jury duty ever. Came in one day, was told to go home, and now I'm told that I'm not needed anymore for this session.
Jan 23, 2019 4:26:12 GMT
ieph: I've been actually thinking of just spending my time here, gradually decreasing my presence in AH.com. But in the meantime, I'm spending my time reviving one of my old WIPs sadly lost to the sands of time (I guess)
Jul 23, 2019 11:24:08 GMT
ieph: In fact, I'm even thinking of reviving my wikibox TL right here.
Jul 23, 2019 20:21:52 GMT
jennysnooper87: If that's the case, would it be okay if I moved the TL from AH.com to this site?
Aug 21, 2019 1:53:59 GMT
railmotive: Checking out this website, seems quite nice.
Oct 23, 2019 22:35:16 GMT